Heading to individuals
The Eden Valley-Watkins wrestlers entered the Class A Section 5 Team Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 11, as the No. 5 seed. They lost to No. 4 seed Paynesville, 51-25, thus ending their season. “Well, the season is over for team competition, but individuals are next week, so we’re preparing the kids to compete next Friday and Saturday. Last night, I thought with having three opens, we wrestled well. A couple of matches went their way, and we had a few regulars out, and that’s tough. The 26-point deficit could have been much different, but that’s how it goes. Paynesville was just better than us,” Coach Dan Berg said.
Match Summary: 113 Matt Schindler (Eden Valley-Watkins) won by pin over Alex Mages (Paynesville) 1:29; 126 Hunter Mathies (Eden Valley-Watkins) won by pin over Connor Meagher (Paynesville) 0:32; 132 Tyler Dockendorf (Eden Valley-Watkins) won by major decision over Jonathan Schaeffer (Paynesville) 13-0; 160 Cain Renner (Eden Valley-Watkins) won by pin over Grant Ludwig (Paynesville) 1:08; 170 Luke Kuechle (Eden Valley-Watkins) won by decision over Jacob Mages (Paynesville) 4-0. The Eagles will have about 10 days off before individuals get underway. “The kids need to change their focus and prepare to do their best. This is the fun time of year because anything can happen,” said Coach Berg.
The Johnson-Peterson Gym was the site of the Tuesday, Feb. 11, Central Minnesota Conference clash between the Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles and the Kimball Area Cubs. The Eagles, after posting a 28-25 halftime advantage, prevailed in a hard-fought battle, 63-55. Junior Bret Mattice had 24 points and led Eden Valley-Watkins to the victory. Junior Jared Streit added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles. Game summary: Bret Mattice, 24; Jared Streit, 18; Jacob Streit, 7; Alex Nesenson, 7; Nick Pauly, 4; Reese Jansen, 2; Austin Schlangen, 1.
The Eagles traveled to Howard Lake on Friday, Feb. 14, and dropped the Central Minnesota Conference battle to the Lakers, 80-63. Seniors Austin Smith and Tyler Sale led the way for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in the convincing win. Eden Valley-Watkins was led in scoring by junior Brett Mattice with 20 points.
Hosting a pair of matches Thursday, Feb. 6, the Eagles dropped the first contest to Staples-Motley, 45-32, and then lost to Holdingford in the ensuing battle, 39-18. Eden Valley-Watkins got a pair of victories from Matt Schindler (113), Hunter Mathies (126) and Cain Renner (170). Eagles’ coach Dan Berg remains optimistic as the post-season looms. “I tell ya, the individuals on this team are heading in the right direction, moving toward section time, but it’s frustrating to be in duals and then lose at the end because we have three open weights on top. Kids are battling and getting better, which is what you want this time of year, but team-wise it’s been a struggle.”
The Eden Valley-Watkins basketball team traveled to Brooten Thursday, Feb. 6, to take on the leader of the pack, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. In the 79-42 thrashing, the Jaguars, behind Brian Goodwin’s 24 points and Billy Borgerding’s 18, racked up their 10th straight win in the Central Minnesota Conference. They are a perfect 10-0 in league play, and sit at 19-1 overall. The Eagles were led by Jared Streit, who managed 14 points on the evening. Game scoring summary: DeShaun James, 2; Reese Jansen, 10; Bret Mattice, 7; Alex Nesenson, 2; Austin Schlangen, 7; Jared Streit, 14.
Completing a very successful week’s venture in a most convincing manner, the Eden Valley-Watkins’ girls basketball team looked sharp in its three victories. At home on Monday, Feb. 3, junior Mikayla Kummet led the Eagles (7-2, 12-4) to a 51-31 victory over the Kimball (0-8, 3-13) with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 steals. Junior Greta Stommes contributed 14 points in the effort. Game scoring summary: Mikayla Kummet, 20; Maria Holdvogt, 1; Elaina Stommes, 6; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 2; Greta Stommes, 14; Jamie Scherer, 4; Dani Nelson, 4.
Pierz High School was the site of the Thursday, Feb. 6 matchup, featuring the Lady Eagles and the Pioneers. Eden Valley-Watkins prevailed easily, 60-41. Once again, Mikayla Kummet had the hot hand, leading the Eagles’ charge with 15 points. Always aggressive, she pulled down six boards, nabbed four steals, and dished out three assists for EV-W, who sits in the catbird seat, at 7-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference. The game was never really in doubt, as the Eagles built a 29-15 halftime advantage, which would prove to be insurmountable. Game scoring summary: Jamie Scherer, 2; Mikayla Kummet, 15; Mindy Forcier, 4; Breanna Stang, 1; Elaina Stommes, 7; Brook Stang, 2; Bella Perlberg-Cromwell, 13; Dani Nelson, 10; Greta Stommes, 6.